Ram Dass (born Richard Alpert; April 6, 1931) was an American spiritual teacher, former academic and clinical psychologist, and author of many books, including the seminal 1971 book Be Here Now. He is known for founding the charitable organizations Seva Foundation and Hanuman Foundation. In the early 1960s, he traveled to India in 1967 where he met Neem Karoli Baba who became his guru at Kainchi Ashram. It was Maharaj-ji who gave Alpert the name "Ram Dass", which means "servant of God." After returning from India, Ram Dass became one of the formost “new age” teachers blending traditional eastern religious ideas with western psychology and thinking. He has been invited to do many seminars and speaches throught America which he continues till today. In February 1997, he had a stroke leaving him with expressive aphasia,. In 2013, he released a memoir and summary of his teaching, Polishing the Mirror: How to Live from Your Spiritual Heart. He continues to teach via his website and workshops in Maui, Hawaii where he now resides. He and his foundation produces podcasts, books, webinars and retreats, with support from 1440 Multiversity and the Love, Serve, Remember Foundation.


"You can’t go on anyone else‘s trip; you can only go on your own trip."

"Let it all go by, Just Be Here. Don’t judge, do try, don’t stop, don’t start. Just be here. It’s all just enough. It is enough to know that I love you."

"I am Content."

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